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English definition of “coup d'état”

coup d'état

noun [C] /ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ/ ( plural coups d'état or coup d'états  /ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ, -ˈtɑz/) ( short form coup)
sudden defeat of a government through illegal force by a small group, often a military one
(Definition of coup d'état from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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